Cookbook author not amused by Seinfeld's jokes

October 29, 2008 9:53:49 AM PDT
A cookbook author involved in a lawsuit with Jerry Seinfeld's wife says she wasn't amused by jokes the comedian made last year on late-night television. In federal court papers for a December hearing, Missy Chase Lapine says her 7-year-old daughter was upset after Seinfeld joked that people with three names -- James Earl Ray and Mark David Chapman, for instance -- turned out to be assassins.

Lapine claims Jessica Seinfeld got ideas for the "Deceptively Delicious" cookbook from Lapine's "Sneaky Chef."

The Seinfelds' attorney said Wednesday: "As a comedian, Jerry has a right under the First Amendment to tell jokes. Ms. Lapine, on the other hand, was not joking when she maliciously accused Jessica Seinfeld, who also has young children, of plagiarism, a charge that is demonstrably false."

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